Eagle Project: Part I

On a fortuitously cloudy but not rainy Sunday (November 5), Marcus and about a dozen of his friends embarked on Part I of his Eagle Scout project, which was to build a shed and water catchment system for a church in Purcellville, Virginia. The project took the better part of the day, but by the end of the day, both projects were completed.
There were certain conclusions to be drawn from this part of the project:
1. Boys, whatever the age, mostly eat like velociraptors.
2. Pizza is always acceptable nourishment to the aforementioned velociraptors.
3. Young boys (below the age of 12) and power tools are a combustible combination (fortunately, there were no trips to the emergency room—my only goal).
4. Boy Scouts are more punctual than school friends (unless school friends are also Boy Scouts).

Nonetheless, Part I was a great success!

project management

the new shed!

water catchment system

shingling the roof

all done!!

Note: the full Eagle Project is on behalf of the Saint Isidore Project (www.isidoreproject.org). Part II is to assemble garden-in-a-box kits and convince various houses of worship that their lovely country club lawns might be put to better use by creating a garden to grow food for the poor.  Stay tuned!

Family Life Merit Badge (aka Cleaning the Basement)

Our fourteen year old son is in Boy Scouts and, as part of the process, has to earn merit badges in a variety of subjects along the way.  (For those of you familiar with Boy Scouts, he is currently a Life Scout with only his camping merit badge and his Eagle Scout project standing in the way of his becoming an Eagle Scout.)

As part of getting the Family Life merit badge, he undertook to clean up the basement.  I do think that a comparison of cleaning up our basement to the Labors of Hercules is not without merit.  Nonetheless, he persevered over an entire Saturday and managed to get it done.

This event is definitely worth celebrating in the family chronicles.  As a result, his proud father put together a slideshow of before and after photos of our basement.  And, naturally, in keeping with the family’s current obsession, set the slideshow to the soundtrack of “Hamilton” (which was nominated for a record 16 Tony awards, but I digress).